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NASA Technology Comes to Wrightington Hospital!

Newsdate: 25 August 2016Alter G Treadmill

Recovering from an injury or an operation can take a long time, sometimes weeks and months of physiotherapy can be required. The Therapy Department, based at Wrightington Hospital, are constantly innovating to improve care and aid patient recovery.

With the help of WWL’s charitable funds, the Team is one of the first NHS Therapy Units in the country to purchase an Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill. The Alter G Anti-gravity Treadmill uses NASA-patented technology, which can reduce a patient’s body weight by as much as 80 percent.

Being able to reduce a patient’s weight, whilst exercising, has many benefits. It allows patients with various conditions and varying diagnosis to run and walk with much less impact and stress on joints, lower back, knees and ankles; helping people get back on their feet faster.

Sarah Russell, Therapy Lead said “We are delighted to be able to offer our patients the use of the Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill. It reduces muscle wastage after surgery, speeds up rehabilitation and can, in some cases, improve certain conditions so much that surgery is no longer needed”.

The treadmill can also be used by patients trying to lose weight, as they can start the process using the machine without placing too much strain on joints. Many athletes use it to improve their performance or to maintain cardiovascular fitness during injury.

A patient commented “Using this treadmill has not only helped me physically but also psychologically. You can do more than normally could so you feel like you are making real progress with your recovery”.

As well as being available to our NHS patients, the treadmill can also be booked for private sessions. More information is available from the Therapies Team on 01257 256305 as well as on our website